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How-To: Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

Unless you have an artificial Christmas tree or none at all, you'll need to safely dispose of your live tree after the holidays. First things first: Don't burn it in your fireplace! This can contribute to creosote buildup in your chimney, and most Christmas trees will dangerously pop and spark in a fire.


You have several ways to recycle your tree, which I wrote about here.

Beyond that, you have several other options. Most towns offer curbside tree pickup for a few weeks following Christmas. Call or Google your municipal office for info. Many nonprofits, such as the Boy Scouts, offer pickup services for a small donation, like $5. Look out for fliers around town for these services or search for them online. Or, drive your tree to a dropoff recycling center; most counties have several locations. Next year, considering getting a live, rooted tree, which you can then plant in your yard after Christmas!
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